There are 3 categories of grants available:
Category 1 – General projects, programs, activities, or equipment - $3,000 to $20,000
Category 2 – Community festivals and events – up to $15,000
Category 3 – Community functions – up to $5,000.
These are one-off grants for a specific project and are not available for recurrent funding.
To qualify, community festivals and events must:
- should be open to the wider community to attend (i.e. membership of a group is not a condition of entry)
- typically attract over 200 people
- are usually held fully or partially outdoors
Applications for grants in 2023 will open Monday 29 May and close Monday 3 July.
For more detailed information and required documentation for planning festivals, functions and events in Knox, please visit Council's holding a community event webpage.
There is specific criteria for CDF grant applications:
Examples of funded projects
Past Community Development Funded projects include:
You can also watch stories of previous funded projects.
Applying for a CDF grant
There are several steps involved in the process:
If your application is unsuccessful
After the October Council meeting, a letter or email will be sent to the contact person for each unsuccessful application notifying them of the outcome. Groups are encouraged to seek feedback and make further applications in the future.
The decision of Council is final however, if you have any questions about the outcome of your grant application, you are encouraged to contact the Community Partnerships team.
As part of the Information Privacy Act Statement of Consent, Council collects information from CDF Grants applicants for the purpose of registering and administering grant applications for the specified funding period.
The information may also be used to send you information and to ascertain satisfaction with our services. The information will not be disclosed except as required by law. In particular, the information will not be disclosed to others for marketing purposes.
Learn about other grants
Council runs information sessions for community groups to learn about different funding options. Contact the Community Partnerships Team for session schedules and help with finding out which grant best suits your organisation, group or club needs.
You may find the following information and templates useful:
- Community Development Fund Procedure 2023-24
- Community Development Fund Guidelines 2023-24
- Council's Grant Framework Policy
- CDF budget sample sheet
- Grants Lingo @ Knox - guide to grants terminology
- SmartyGrants guide for applicants
CDF Grant Information Drop In Sessions
We are holding four information sessions at Knox Civic Centre.
You can discuss your project and/or raise any queries in regard to the application form:
- Wednesday 3 May, 10am-12 noon
- Tuesday 9 May, 10am-12 noon
- Wednesday 31 May, 1pm-2.30pm
- Wednesday 7 June, 10am-12 noon.
No need to book - just come along.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you.
Or call the Community Partnerships Team on 9298 8000.